San Jose - including High Tech
Adventures telling the story of Silicon Valley
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tour may include: Wine Tasting in Santa Clara Valley, Peralta Adobe/Fallon House
tour, Winchester Mystery House tour, visiting the historical side of San
Jose, SLAC, Santana Row walking tour, San Francisco Country Mansion tour,
It is hard
to believe that less than two decades ago computers took off running!
What sparked this revolution? Why here? How has the computer changed your
life? What IS Silicon Valley? You have the questions
we have the
answers. Join with us as we introduce you to Silicon Valley. Treat yourself
to a glimpse of the fast-paced, ever-changing world of high-technology.
Sit back and listen to the tales of the company lore and of colorful founders
of Silicon Valley Companies.
We start in the "Capital" of Silicon Valley, San Jose. Wind
through the streets of Californias first Capitol, a city where history
intertwines with modern society. The Tech Museum is where our tour begins.
We pass by the desktop publishing software giant, Adobe Systems, adjacent
to the beautiful and recently renovated, Guadalupe Trail. Do you know
where the name Adobe Systems comes from? You will! Learn about the early
history of the area as we pass by the other "Adobe". Can you
guess which building is home to the second busiest intersection in cyberspace?
As we take-off to the next section, the "Valley of Techs" we
pass one famous company after another. Some have even become household
names across America. The contrast of agriculture and technology is really
a sight to behold.
As we drive through "Cisco City" you will understand why Cisco
is at the center of the Internet world. Who created this giant? What makes
Do you know what the 3 Coms in 3Com stand for? We will tell you the company
that purchased 3 Coms as we pass by on our way to the Intel Museum. Intels
museum is one of the most interesting stops in the Valley. This semiconductor
giant produces computer hardware, which is displayed inside the Museum.
Learn about the clean rooms, and how a computer is actually made.
You will see the more established companies in between the new Internet
companies. Many companies such as Nortel Networks have taken a new face
in keeping with the pace of industry.
Do you Yahoo? Do you know anyone who does? Learn about one of the newest
Internet success stories, and the contrast between this young, successful
company and its older established neighbor Amdahl. And, for both
Techies and non-Techies we will stop at Frys electronics
store or is this a theme park? You decide for yourself it
is definitely a "must see"!
As we wind our way North towards Palo Alto, the birthplace of the Electronic
Revolution, we pass Advanced Micro Devices, the "White House of the
west coast", Moffett Field, rich in history and home of the "blue
cube", Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Intuit and more.
"Walk" through the neighborhood streets of the early innovators
and see the historic "Garage", where Bill Hewlett and David
Packard forged their company, Hewlett Packard. Learn the stories of the
Varian brothers, and Professorville, where Stanfords professors
Drive through the lush Stanford campus and then to Hewlett Packard Corporate
headquarters in adjacent Stanford Industrial Park. Last, but certainly
not least, we will see Apple Computer. The history of this company, founded
in yet another "garage", is fascinating. And its evolution as
a computer maker taking on the giant IBM, or "Big Blue", as
its fondly known in the industry, is legend.
Silicon Valley once the Valley of Hearts Delight, now the Heart
of High Technology!
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